Robert (Bob) H. Rozendal

06/06/1936 — 10/05/2023

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Celebration of Life

Sat, October 21, 2023, 2:00 pm
West Side Church

615 Wright Ave, Richland, WA 99352

Robert (Bob) H. Rozendal

Bob was welcomed into the world on June 6, 1936 by his parents, Grace & Peter Rozendal in Volga, South Dakota. He was forever grateful that his parents had the opportunity and the good sense to relocate to Oregon when he was two years old. His first memory was looking out the car window on the road to Klamath Falls with their cat, Becky in a crate by his side. Bob freely roamed the hills around Klamath Falls during his childhood years until his family moved to Corvallis when Bob was ten years old. A highlight of his boy scout years was a trip to Valley Forge for the National Jamboree when Bob was eleven. He enjoyed playing baseball and acting in theater during his high school years. He graduated from Corvallis High School in 1954 and from the University of Washington in 1958 with a BA in chemistry on a Naval ROTC scholarship. He and Ellen Wood were married in December of that year. Daryl and Kathy were to complete their family in the years to follow. Bob served as a line officer on the USS Picking destroyer until 1962 when he began medical school at OHSU in Portland and received his MD in 1966. Bob completed his internship in 1967 at Oakland Naval Hospital, California during the Vietnam War. It was an abrupt launch into medical service with many severe military casualties flown to Oak Knoll from Vietnam!  He then attended Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT (school of Diving & Submarine Medicine) followed by serving as medical officer on the polaris sub, USS Mariano Vallejo. He was a US Naval medical officer (diving & submarine medicine) at Pearl Harbor, HI until 1972 when he began private practice as a Family Physician & Benton County Medical Examiner in Corvallis and later in The Dalles, OR until 1980. Bob then taught at OHSU as an associate professor until 1982 when he re-entered the Navy as Family Practice director at the Naval hospital in Jacksonville, Florida and then at Bremerton Naval Hospital.  This enabled him to financially support Ellen’s health care needs until her death in 1983. Bob was forever grateful and proud of his Naval service.

Bob met & married Kay Simundson in 1985 and became a stepdad to Brad & Jeff. He soon left active duty and served as Medical Director at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton and later as Northwest Regional Medical Director at Foundation Health Federal Services. He then practiced as a staff physician and served as Medical Director for Kitsap Community Health Centers in Bremerton until his retirement in 2001.  During these years, he & Kay enjoyed kayaking on the Hood Canal, attending symphony concerts, ballet & theater performances as well as travel.  After retiring, they relocated to Central Oregon where they enjoyed golfing, hiking, bicycle riding and kayaking on the surrounding lakes.  In 2017 they moved to Richland, WA to be near family.  Bob enjoyed classical music, was an avid reader and loved teaching. He taught the AARP Driver Safety course in Central Oregon for thirteen years, served as an elder and taught adult education at Central Kitsap Presbyterian church, also at Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond, OR and was a board member of two homeowner associations at Eagle Crest where they lived.  Bob was predeceased by his parents, daughter Kathy and stepson Brad. He is survived by his wife Kay, son Daryl of Vancouver, WA, brother Paul of Waldport, OR, stepson Jeff Simundson (Tami) of Richland, WA, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to Tri-City Cancer Center. A celebration of his life will be held at WestSide Church (north building) on October 21st at 2:00 pm.

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  • It is a privledge to have know Bob.

    Mike and Sharon Byrum
    October 13, 2023
    Redmond, Oregon
  • Wow, Bob accomplished so many things in his lifetime. It was a pleasure knowing such a caring brilliant and gentle person. He was a joy to many people . He will be missed on earth. Cheers to a remarkable person now in heaven. Love eternally.

    Shirley kissner
    October 9, 2023
    Richland, Wa
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